Transform how you think about printmaking as you experiment with 19th century photographic processes

Participants in this lab-oriented, hands-on learning experience, practice and experiment with an extensive menu of 19th century photographic processes. This workshop is geared for creative people of all disciplines who want to expand on their expressive possibilities in photographic printmaking. 

Among many processes that students work with are Cyanotype, Cyanotype on fabrics, salted paper process, Kallitypes, albumen, platinum & palladium, Ziatype, gum bichromate and gum over washes with cyan and platinum, as well as varying toning options. Other topics include large format pinhole photography and film negatives for alternative processes; digital negatives for contact printing; hand-applied emulsions on alternative surfaces; and considerations of paper choices and sizing options. Students enjoy a digital negative production set-up in the lab facility for producing contact negatives. While most printing is done in the sun, UV exposure units are available for printing on the rare cloudy or rainy days.

The goal of this workshop is to inspire new directions via the materials and their possibilities. The workshop provides a unique experience for all who are curious about historic photographic methods and love the process of printmaking.

For those looking for a full alternative processes experience, consider combining this workshop with the Advanced Alternative Processes workshop the following week.

A detailed letter with specific recommendations on what to bring will be sent to all participants prior to the workshop.

Image by © Susan Mullally


"This course had truly transformed my way of thinking about how to present my existing work, and how to create new material."
- Giraud Polite, Dallas, TX

"It has been one of the most inspiring experiences for me since I was in graduate school almost 20 years ago."
- Stacy Collingham, Hamilton, NJ 

"This was such a unique course. I don't think I could find something like it anywhere else!"
- Diana Egnatz, Latitz, NY

"This has exceeded all preconceived explanations and I feel I will be able to understand these processes at home."
- Cass Horsley, Plymouth, UK


Brenton Hamilton

Brenton Hamilton holds his MFA in photography, earned in 1992, from the Savannah College of Art & Design. He is the Chair of the Professional Certificate in Visual Storytelling program at Maine Media College.

His teaching specialties include, B&W Craft,  Historic Processes, and the History of Photography at Maine Media College. Brenton is an enthusiastic workshop leader exhibiting special care and interest in the teaching process and for his students.

Brenton’s own work is inspired by the 19th century and has become a principal area of research and inspiration both as a historian and a printmaker. Devoted to the cyanotype, Brenton’s embellished images are exhibited nationally and are held in the permanent collections at the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine and the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Maine. Current projects include publishing OBSCURA, a quarterly magazine devoted to contemporary issues and on going studio work.  Brenton's work is represented by TILT Gallery in Scottsdale Arizona and in Maine at Susan Maasch Fine Art in Portland.  In January, 2017 The University of Maine Museum of Art installed a mid-career retrospective of his decades of practice.

Course Dates

Oct 15 to Oct 21



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